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in 1 1T n2;1r OFFICIAL PAPER OF COLUMBIA COUNTY bLUME XXXIV. ST, HELENS, OREGON, FRIDAY, MAY ,7 1915. kTNOMAII COUNTY MIGHT USE BLOCKS ,T CLASH OK PA VINO MATKIl- .... 'ttl.'&f UkMM (X).siii:h. tiu.1. Cinnmll''-' Are to Ask ' ... . . .. I. .1.1 1 . ..I fur lilt" " Material. Li county cmninlsHlonors of Mult- Lh county liavn docldnd to Invito , for l" i"1" 01 "1nl ly"3t 01 inn iimlerlnl to lo usod In thut mi this "iiwm In surfacing the Mr nill'1" of highway. Tim Item iuol Importance to tlio peoplo of L community l the fact tlml stone Lu aro Included In the llHt and BioiitlniiMl nrt upon the lint i mlRlit mean Bmitlilnfc. It ma) in ilial some consideration would liven to tlio uho of this cluss ol f excellent material In the large Lnt of paving work to ho done Multnomah county. rrin lyi" agreed on are: Stone tcki on concrete baso, brick on con it Imsn, wood blocks on concrete , ono courn concrete, Warrenlte, ,4 sthliult, hansom Mid - asphal eoDCnt. Ktamlnril specifications 4 by the city of Portland will be ed for except for concrete, for Ich the county commissioner have lM to un the apoclflcatlonB re irl by Pierce county, Wash. Aftor blila are received the county mlMloncrn will decide w hot her to lit ill the work one typo of pare nt or to select certain types for rloua roailii. The action of tho Multnomah fanty authorities In this mattor, If 1 ihould ili'chlo to make uao of no Murks for it portion of the rk, would mean that a great num f kr of men would Immediately find ploymiml nl vnry remunerative .rs. There nrn several places of id to Ihi paved In Multnomah bunty which aro carrying an ex mcly heavy truffle, and on which Helens people are estimating ould they hu awarded tho work It uld require practically three mll- block to complete the work. TY COUNCIL IN REGULAR SESSION Mtr ItrvnmpliiK of Htreet MghtlnK S)N(em ar Hills. Tin 8t. Helens city council met In (ular aeHidnn Monday evening. He- irta of o Ulcer a effecting street lights lor the plnclng of more tllumln- riea. ( nunclliiinn Iarrabco reported ! t people of West Ht. Helens favor 'clnat of more lights lu business iitrlct. ouncliinnu Southard rocoinniond thut lliihts ho tiluced In Railroad lillllon. The matter of placing a light at e foot of tlin steps In Casenau reel, leading to the residence of Dr. I'eel was discussed. Ordered ht one of the lights In the clustor 'r the Deinlng residence be re fioved ami pluood whero required In "nail hi reel. Mnyor Morton called tho attention the atreet committee to the con ation of thn crossing at (Columbia fn4 HI. Helens streets, and requested "i snmo repairs be made thore. Thn lit 111 v rnnillllnii nf C'nwllti Md t'nliimhla Kt reels was also called fa the atlentlon of tho street com Htton hy thn mayor. Hecommonded pnnt (!! of wood, boxes, etc., be Ifemoved. A copy of tho now charter wns ore- "mtoil to thn council by tho mayor. nl It wns decided that tho council ""t Thursday evening May 0, to rwil and discuss same. 'The hours of duty of the city mar shal woro chnngnd so that officer will hereafter l,e dty from 2 o'clock ' the afternoon until 2 o'clock In the Horning. f'onneliinnn Southard was Instruct- to niuko necessary repairs to the dty wharf. TllB filllnulnir ..loin.. .nl.l f'iy were examined and ordered paid: U Zlpporor I 4.00 Kamnior 1.00 Helens Mist 1.80 It. ('niiuiiiniin Q on W., ; ,. , Kegel 1.00 E, Allen .25 C. Mowery '. 10.00 Albert lluschmnn 20.00 CITY MARSHAL MAKES SALE OF STRAY HORSE Animal Purchased by diaries Mucklo, at Auction, for $105. The city marshal of St. Holons hold 1 Public sale Wednesday oftornoon to ""Wo of a atray horse which had "Km taken im nn .tronl. nr St. - j via bllv at,s " - ""Ihiih about three weeks ago. The nnirnl sold for $105 and was pur tlmaed by Charlos Mucklo. Every ""onnblo moans had been rosortod w to locate the owner of the animal. MANY COMPETITORS IN BIG FIELD MEET Good ProKrittiiino Arranged for High School Contexts Tomorrow, Tho fluid moot to tuko place in Ht Helens tomorrow (Huturduy) under the auspices of tho Ht. Helena High School, will ho ono of tho moHt Im portunt sporting events of tho year. These high school fluid meets have become an annual occurrence of more than ordinary Interest, In which ath Intlo skill from every high school In the county Is competing. Not alone do the high school students coin pete for honors, hut grummur grade Ht u dents aro entering Into thn spirit of tho occuHlon and showing marked ability In tho contents. Tho field at HI. Helens has been placed In excellent condition for this winual cumlvul and un elaborate pro gramme has been prepared. It It the desire of tho imimiKumcnt thut so fur as' Is poiudhlu to do no, the business people of the city muko of the affair a half holiday occaxlon thus showing their appreciation of the Importance of the meeting. There havo been some very good pritea offered and tlio competition for them will ho keen. Tho sports will begin eurly In tlio afternoon The peoplo of tho community are urged to attend. CATTLE BRING GOOD PRICE AT PUBLIC SALE llcglNtorcd Mid tirade Stork Find Iteady Buyer at High Pliers. The public aule of registered and grado llolstnin cuttle held at the Maplewood stock furm, near Scup pooso lust Tuesday was lurgcly lit tended and otherwise a decided suc cess. The entire herd of 53 head was disposed of at au average high price. Some of the registered cows sold at from $100 to $240. Grmlo cowr. sold at from $80 to $125. Ono reg istered bull sold for $205. Klght grado calves, ten months old, sold at $40 each. Corresponding satisfact ory prices were received all down the linn. Tho stockmen of Columbia county are firm believers In the stability of the Industry, and for cuttlo with es tablished reputations purchasers are roadlly found. Tho herds of tho Ma plowood and lakeside farms, owned by J. W. Pomeroy und P. A. Krukos, respectively, have such estahlinhcd reputations that ready buyers are always obtainable. FIRST GAME OF SEASON ON HOME GROUNDS Nexi Hundujr Will Occur the ()KnliiR of llnll HMirt for Venr. Tho St. Helens baseball toam will play Us first game on tho home grounds next Sunday for thlB season, nd It Is an event greatly anticipated Everything Is In readiness, grounds, team and all, and tho game will be off lu a cloud of dust early In the ifteinoon. -' Defeat Is so far an unknown thing to the homo team, threo games hav Ing been tnkon throo having been played. Ist Sunday's gnmo at llldgolleld was a hard fought battlo. tnd tho toum defeated on that occas ion Is coming back after revonge In n struggle for victory on tho groundt of tho contOBtants who took their sculps so recently. All during the present week ex tensive DreDarallons have boon In nronroHB by the munngoment and en thusiasts at this place, proparlng the grounds and otherwise gottlng things In shape for the coming event. ST. HELENS PLAYERS WIN AGAINST WARREN Two Fast Games Played Ajruinst Two Fast Teams. LaBt Sunday afternoon there were two good gnmos of bosohall played on the school ball grounds at St. Helons, when Noah's Ark Midgets wrostled victory from a team of Juniors from Warren by a score of eight to four. Undaunted, tho second team from Warren crossed hots with the Llvo Wires of St. Holons, and while the score was larger It as at tho same time a more even game. The same contestants will have another tryout on tho same grounds next Sunday. The Mldgeta have In prospect a game on the grounds of Columbia univer sity, In Portland, which will probably take place In tho very near future. ENGINEER ACCUSES STATE TREASURER AITUHMATII OP TlfK ItOWl.UY lIS( U;k1 . 1 SA L ACCUSA TIONS AND l)K.M.IJ4. State TreuNiirer ArcuHp of Not Hack lug Highway l:iiKiiieer, but Kn coiirngliijj lliwtllo Onieluls Henry L. Howly, former state high way engineer, In a statement IsBuod last Saturday denied allegations of State Treasurer Kay that lie was ex travugant and negligent when In of fice. Tho statement in part follows: "Mr. Kay sold no rouds In Colum bia county were finished, when as a matter of fact twenty-six miles be tween Gobel and the Clatsop county line of the Pacific Highway were com pleted. There would be no threat ened law suits If Mr. Kay had backed up the stute highway engineer Instead of encouraging the hostile county of ficials In their fight to have a change lu the ofllco of engineer. Mr. Kay leaves the Impression with the reader that I advised building temporary roads. The facts are that Mr. Kay slated in the meeting of March 22 that ho thought It would have been a better policy to have built more miles of mediocre roads than to accomplish such an ambitious scheme as opening the Columbia Highway on standard linos and grados throughout Colum bia county. Governor Wlthycombe ditmgrecd with Mr. Kay and stated that he thought my plans were good and thnt the road movement would ho best served by doing as much each year as possible along right lines until an entire road could be thrown open to traffic built on proper grades and with proper curvature. "No men wore employed that were not needed. It was thought to be economy and has proved to be so, to keep on the payroll the district engi neers In charge of contract work rather than to got rid of everyone who had personal knowledge of the work under contract and to break In new men when work was resumed this spring. Such a policy would have pleased the contractors and would have been an apparent but fulse economy." Major llowly said the county judge of Jackson county -had been pleased with the character of work done un dor his supervision, and the remarks attributed to htm by Mr. Kay were not mado In his presence. Further, the engineer said, he did not believe they were made at all. Major Bowlby declared that no counties had ever received more for the money expend ed In tho way of roads than Clatsop, Columbia and Jackson counties. AVERAGE RUN OF FISH COMING THIS SEASON Ijite 0KnlnR Permits Salmon to As cend to Spawning Grounds. The opening of the fishing season last Saturday marked the period of a lot of activity and gave Interested ones an opportunity to ascertain whether or not the season might be looked forward to with any consider able prospect for financial gain. The buyers at this place, James Sheldon, for the Wnrren peoplo, and E. I. Bal lagh, for the Packers Association, re port fairly good success. The fish taken so far are-of a splondld quality and the run Is about an average. One of the conditions existing which may militate against a financially success ful year is tho fact that the water is so extremely low and consequently clear that day fishing may prove very unnrnfltnble unless there Is a rise In the river. The water Is very low and extremely clear for this time of year, a condition which makes It more diffi cult to snare the fish. MAY DAY PROPERLY OBSERVED BY STUDENTS Splondld lVogramme Rendered by Physical Culture Class. The May Day exercises held last Saturday at the school In St. Helens under the auspices of the young ladles' physical culture class was a well attended and much appreciated affair. The young ladles proved their skill and delightfully entortalned a large audience for over an hour with Interesting drills and dances, cul-minatlna- in the crowning of the queen and winding of the May pole. Miss Morua Yeomans was quoen of the May and sustained her part In a most crodltablo manner. Miss Dunns, the physical culture Instructor In the high school, has demonstrated her ability In this respect on several pub- llo occasions of late and her last effort was the greatest succoss of all. GRADUATION CLASS WILL GIVE PROGRAM Appropriate Kxerclses to Mark the Kvent at the High School. Exercises appropriate to the oc casion of graduation of High School students of the St. Helens High School will be hold In the High School auditorium next Friday even ing, May 14, at 8 o'clock. A very elaborate program has been prepared and arrangements completed for the proper observance of the occasion. A class of seven will be grad uated, composed of the follow ing: Virgil Hattan, Lucille Hobbs, Eugenia Doming, Beth Perry, Frank Robertson, Fred Morgus and Ethel Sten. Ilev. F. N. Sandifur, pastor of the M. E. church of this city, will deliver the baccalnureate sermon at the High School auditorium next Sunday at 11 o'clock. All the churches of the city will join In this service. The program for the graduating exercises consist of the following features: Salutatory, Ethel Sten; valedic torian, Eugenia Demlng; prophecy, Beth Perry; musician, Lucille Hobbs; cornet solo, Fred Morgus. The address will be delivered by Elbert H. Hicks of Portland. The public is very cordially Invited to at tend these exercises. FAIR GROUNDS SCHOOL BUILDING ASSURED Necessary Funds Have Been Provided and Work Will Go Forward. JuBt as we are sending the last forms of this paper to press, School Superintendent Allen Informs us that the building to house the school ex hibit on the fair grounds is an as sured thing. Arrangements were made whereby the work can proceed at once, sufficient funds having been guaranteed for the purpose. Plans will be prepared and proposals asked for within a very short time. Not more than $350 or $400 will be re quired In addition to what has al ready been raised through the loyalty of the friends of the undertaking. Such success is assuredly a matter for congratulation. An undertaking of the nature of this Is generally frought by many difficulties, and It has been through the untiring efforts of Its friends that success in the matter has been realized. The home for the school exhibit will be a valu able addition to the county fair. MAY MUSIC FESTIVAL A DECIDED SUCCESS Filed House Greets the School Child re n at Their Entertainment. The large number of people who attended the exercises held in the city hall in St. Helens Monday evening, which marked the closing for the year tor the Bchool children's musical Instruction, was a fitting testimonial to the character of the entertainment the public felt certain would be the result of a season's study, under the direction of Dr. Emll Enna. There wore 600 peoplo in the hall, includ Ing the members of tho chorus, about one hundred children .taking part In the festival exercises. The portions of the program ren dered by the Philharmonic Society Mrs. Rutherford, Mrs. Sandifur, Miss Perkins, Mrs. W. Q. Muckle and Dr Tucker, wore features greatly en- joyed. The wisdom of the school board in providing for the musical Instruction of the pupils has been abundantly proven. The nominal expense of this branch of study can be reckoned In no other way except in the light of good Judgment, especially since results have been bo satisfactory. has cost this school district about eight cents per month per pupil. In all probability the work will be con tinued as a permanent feature of the educational endeavor of the district NEW CHARTER FOR THE CITY BEING EXAMINED Councllmen are Giving Much Time to Study of the Document. The new charter which the city council ordered drafted some time ago, under which, it adopted by the people, the destinies of the city will be guided In future, has been deliver ed In part, and la being thoroughly Investigated by the councllmen and city attorney. It Is a voluminous document and la said to contain many provisions superior In point of thoroughness to the present charter, Just when the new charter will be offered to the people for adop tlon by election depends entirely upon what progress the council can make In the study of Its provisions, HIGHWAY HEARING TO BE HAD TOMORROW CONTKACTOns TO MAKE PRESEN TATION OF CASE BEFORE THE COUNTY COURT. Commissioners Will Not Yield From Former Position, and Demand That Work Be Resumed. A meeting of more than unusual Interest will take place tomorrow between the County Court and the members of the Consolidated Con tract Co., at St. Helens, at which time It is very probable that It will be definitely ascertained Just what the attitude of the contractors will be In regard to resumption of work on the highway. State Engineer Can- tine will attend the meeting. 'tomorrow will also be the day designated by the court in its order to the contractors to resume construc tion, but so far there has been no disposition on their part to comply with the order. It Is probable that at the meeting tomorrow an effort will be made on the part of the con tractors to Induce the court to dis regard its order and agree to some manner of compromise. The position the court will take will be the reiteration of its former position and demand that construc tion operations be resumed forthwith. In the event of a refusal on the part of the contractors it is not at all un likely that the contract will be de clared nullified and other arrange ments mado for the resumption of worK on tne nignway. It is a belief generally expressed that the contractors desire just such termination of affairs. The work psrformed last year was the portion which was the most profitable, and if the work la again taken up by the present construction company it will be of the character that will yield the least profit. The court stands ready to effect a settlement with the contractors on the basis of the final report as sub mitted by former highway engineer. Mr. tiowiby, which allows the con tractors about $54,000. The con tractors contend that an amount greatly In excess of this is due it, but no definite amount 1b claimed. The contractors intimate that over $100,000 is due them, and are asking tor settlement on such a basis. Tomorrow's meeting will be an in teresting one. Special counsel has been procured by the court in the person of Dan J. Malarkey of Port land, who has wide experience in dealing with highway matters. It is more than probable that unless the contractors yield greatly, from their present position the settlement of the highway question, will be taken Into the courts. COUNTY COURT GOES ON TRIP OF INSPECTION Visits Iiower End of the County to lew u orK on the Highway. All the members of the County Court wore on a tour ot inspection ot the highway in the lower end of the county yesterday and today, return Ing to St. Helens some time this after noon. The object of the trip was for the especial purpose of investigating how much work will be necessary to place the highway in condition to permit of through travel. In order to accomplish this much desired con dition it may be necessary to make use of some of the by-roads tempo rarily, and it was the purpose of the court to view these out also. It will not require a great deal of work to place the highway In such condition that It will be possible to travel Its entire distance with some degree ot comfort and satisfaction throughout the summer. INTEREST IN COUNTY FAIR BECOMING KEEN President Tarbell Says Demand for Premium Lists Strong. A. H. Tarbell, of Yankton, who, by the way, la the moving spirit In the Columbia County Fair Associa' tlon, was in the county seat Wodnes day. Mr. Tarbell says people from all over the county are manifesting a keen Interest In the fair this year, and It is a certainty that previous fairs will be greatly exceeded In potnt ot Interest and exhibits. A splendid premium list Is being prepared, which will be ready for distribution this year much earlier than heretofore. SCHOOLS HOLD EIGHTH GRADE EXAMINATIONS Eighth grade examinations are be ing held in all the public schools throughout the county this week, be ginning yesterday and will be con eluded today. This 1b an annual oc currence, which takes place the first week In May. This year the St. Hel ens school has the largest class in the county, which, during the year has been under the instruction ot Mrs. J. H. Collins. DEFINITE DECISION ANENT CELEBRATION Matter Will Be Finally Arranged at Meeting of Merchants Tonight. Whether or not the volunteer flro department of St. Helens will manage the Fourth of July celebration here this year will be definitely de cided tonight at a meeting ot the Merchants Association. At a meet ing of this association which was held last Friday evening a resolution was adopted that the celebration should take place and should be supported by the members of the association. . Harrison was appointed to in terview the members in order to as certain what amount of funds the association would guarantee, to re port at a meeting to be held tonight. However, it was definitely decided that there should be a celebration and that it should occur on Monday, the 6th. This much Is assured. The Merchants association will strongly support the movement in a financial way, as a guarantee of funds, and other business interests of the town will be looked to to give the matter liberal financial backing. Other plans were outlined which guarantees one of the best celebrations ever held on the Columbia river. Last year's success of the celebration of the Na tal day Is spurring our people to greater effort in order that this year's event will not tall short in point of interest and grandeur. The people of the community may be assured that the celebration of Independence Day here this year will be a success. GOOD ROAD WORK IN THE NEHALEM VALLEY County Road Master Spends Week Directing Public Improvements. L. G. Titus, county road master, returned last Saturday evening from a week's trip through the Nehalem valley, where he inspected and su pervised road construction from the Washington county line down the valley to the vicinity ot Mist and In the upper Rock Creek country. Mr. Titus says good progress is being made in road construction and im- , provement in the Nehalem valley dis trict. Quite a quantity of new work Is being done this season, all of a good, substantial nature, which means that the permanency of the highways in that section is assured. During recent years a great deal of splendid road work has been done throughout the valley. CASES SET FOR TRIAL IN THE CIRCUIT COURT Light Docket So Far for tlio Session to Convene Tuesday. Circuit Court will convene at St. Helens next Tuesday. The docket so far contains only a few cases, which have been set for trial as follows: State of Oregon vs. Wm. Pringle. Jr., et al.; W. H. Cooper for state, Jesse L. Sumrall for defendant. May 12. G. W. Dilly vs. Hoskin Owens: W. H. Powell for plaintiff, C. C. Bryant for defendant. May 13. A. L. Lukens vs. Benson Timber Co.; Glltner & Sewell for plaintiff, Senn, Ekwall & Reckon for defend ant. May 14. Sophia Saml vs. Columbia ft Ne halem River Railroad; Glen R. Metz ker for plaintiff, Veazle, McCourt ft Veazie for defendant. May 17. John Grauman vs. F. M. Thorp; Glen R. Metzker tor plaintiff, M. E. Miller for defendant. May 19. Qulncy Mercantile Co. vs. Andrew Dahlman and Marie Johnson; Glen R. Metzker for plaintiff, A. W. Nor- blad for defendant. May 20. A. and M. Steffln vs. A. and M. Johnson; Seton ft Strahan for plain tiff. Glen R. Metzker tor defendant. May 24. Leonora Felton vs. Peter Felton; J. W. Day and A. W. Mueller, for plaintiff, M. E. Miller and W. A. Harris for defendant. May 26. EXPOSITIONS ARE WELL WORTH ATTENDING St. Helens People Return After Long Visit to California Fairs. E. B. Wood of this city, who, with his wife, visited the California expo sitions, and who returned home a week ago, speaka in very high praise of the fairs at San Francisco and San Diego. Both ot these fairs were well "taken in" by Mr. and Mrs. Wood, who also speak favorably ot the man ner In which the visitors are taken, care of In San Diego, especially by the popular hostelry, the Yale hotel. Mr. and Mrs. Wood had a pleasant trip by sea, taking passage southward on the good ship Multnomah, of the McCormtck fleet, and returning by the same vessel. Mr. Wood says the Multnomah behaved herself admir ably on both voyages, a fact which the public Is appreciating, as 1b at tested by the splendid patronage be ing accorded the company's ships.